CALVIN MILLER is hoping getting involved in a title chase with Ayr United will help his career at Celtic.

The on-loan Hoops left-back joined the Somerset Park outfit late in last month’s transfer window after spending the first half of the season fighting relegation with Dundee.

Miller, 21, made his debut in the 3-1 win over Alloa and said: “On deadline day, I knew the gaffer, Ian McCall, was interested as Ayr contacted my agent a couple of times.

“A couple of hours before the deadline, I spoke to my agent and we had to decide where I was going to move to.

“A big thing that convinced me to come here was that the gaffer wanted me to play higher up the park.

“Obviously, I was more than happy to come and do that, as I like to attack and show what I’ve got.

“He said I could be playing left-wing, right-wing and sometimes even up front beside Lawrence Shankland .

“So, for me that was a no-brainer, and it made it even easier for me that they were challenging for the title and I am here to try and help Ayr win the league.”

Miller, who has been understudy to Kieran Tierney and Emilio Izaguirre at Parkhead, said: “I received a message from Lawrence.

ON THE RUN…Celtic left-back Calvin Miller in action against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

“Obviously, when you’ve got him scoring goals and asking you to come and help him score more – and get goals yourself – it’s a nice thing.

“You always want to feel wanted and here I definitely feel wanted and that’s great.

”Coming into a team who are challenging at the top will be good for my confidence, it’s no good getting beaten every week.

“But coming here, I will, hopefully, be on a winning side most weeks and going for a title, so it’ll be different.”

Miller has made four first team appearances for Celtic, with two of those coming against Kilmarnock.

He added: “I know they are big rivals, so that fact I played well against Killie will, hopefully, mean that Ayr fans take to me even more!”

Ayr boss McCall has set his sights on promotion to the Premiership at the end of the campaign to make up for the team’s shock Scottish Cup exit last month.

Junior side Auchinleck Talbot created one of the biggest upsets in the competition when they sent the Championship outfit toppling with a 1-0 win.

However, on the positive side, his players can now concentrate fully on the league.

Miller is looking forward to play a big role in their surge to the top.

* Miller was speaking to the Ayrshire Post.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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